Registration is now open for the Ruderman Conference on Cartography: Gender, Sexuality, Cartography

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Registration is now open for the second biennial Ruderman Conference on Cartography: Gender, Sexuality, Cartography! Register via this link: .

The second biennial Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography will take place October 10-12, 2019. Following on from our successful first conference in 2017, the three-day event will include a keynote, research papers from a variety of scholars, and an exhibition that will debut at the event.

For this year’s meeting, all the papers will focus on the relationship between gender, sexuality, and cartography. While some scholars have examined the interplay of gender identities and mapping, particularly with regard to the role of women as buyers and sellers in the historical map market, this work remains isolated and has yet to make a significant impact on the wider field. This conference hopes to offer a counterpoint to this trend by bringing together diverse approaches and hosting interdisciplinary discussions.

While all the invited speakers are experts in maps and mapping, they will also bring their specialties in queer, women’s, and gender studies to bear on the nuanced ways in which maps are conditioned by and help to construct, and transgress, gendered and sexualized norms and spaces. Paper topics include mapping masculinity in French Vietnam, women in American cartographic history, the gendered cartographic language of medieval texts, the digital mapping of homosexual spaces, and much more. On Saturday, the conference has a focus on art and its intersection between gender, sexuality and cartography. A separate Saturday-only registration is available (see below).

Our keynote speaker is Professor Susan Schulten, from the University of Denver. She will share her research on the pioneering female mapmaker Emma Willard.

Registration for the entire conference is $100 and includes all speaker sessions and the keynote lecture, as well as a reception (Thursday) and coffee breaks (Friday, Saturday). Students can register for $25. 

On Saturday (Oct. 12), the conference will host sessions in which artists and activists will discuss maps as a medium for the visual expression of place, gender, and sexuality. We are offering a special one-day ticket ($40) for these sessions. 

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